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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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12. Label conscious

Discovering some of the food manufacturers’ more cunning labelling tricks will help you to make the very best food choices for your family.

Labelling on food and drink packaging can be very misleading, and many of the ‘healthy’ eating claims can be hard to trust. Here, some of the more common packaging claims are debunked.

1 Vitamins and minerals

Manufacturers love to boast how many vitamins and minerals their products contain – but this can be a smokescreen for their products’ less desirable ingredients.

Whatever the product says on the front, always take a look at the nutrition box on the back. A 500ml blackcurrant drink that claims to be ‘rich in vitamin C’ can also contain a whopping 14 teaspoons of sugar – the equivalent ...

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